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Songs about Singers

06 Apr 99 - 04:59 PM (#68575)
Subject: Songs about Singers
From: Dr John

Does anyone know any other songs commemorating other singers (not Dylan). Phil Och's "Bound for Glory" about Woody Guthrie and Sis Cunningham's "But If I Ask Them" about Aunt Molly Jackson are two of the best I know and they curiously don't name whom they are about. Then there's Tom Paxton's "Fare Thee Well Cisco"and Sonny Terry's "Goodbye Lead Belly". Any others?


06 Apr 99 - 05:07 PM (#68579)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Don Meixner

here's few Doc,

Luke's Song about Luke kelly, Killing me Softly about Don McLean.

Don Meixner


06 Apr 99 - 05:08 PM (#68580)
Subject: Lyr Add: MAN IN BLACK
From: Bert

Uh Oh! You've got me going now. Can't resist posting one of mine.

Bert.

 
Man In Black


A7 D G D
When I was in my teens he sang his songs
A7
'Teenage Queen' and 'Big River' rolling on
D G D
'Sing it Pretty Sue' you thought he sang for you
A7 D
But the Man in Black he sang those songs for me.



His songs have followed me throughout my life
He sang '...tie that binds...' when I first took a wife
When he sang 'Ring of Fire' I could feel the flames roar higher
The Man in Black he sang those songs for me.

I heard he made mistakes from time to time
but his singing helped me through when I made mine
Had to fight my whole life through and he sang 'A Boy Named Sue"
The Man in Black he sang that song for me.

He sang 'Give my love to Rose' and 'Cry, Cry, Cry'
and 'Goodbye Little Darlin' Goodbye'
I felt all the pain I was single once again
The Man in Black he sang those songs for me.

But now I've found a love thats true and fine
and I'm thinking '...while I've got it on my mind...'
and the 'Ring of Fire' again is bursting into flame
The Man in Black he sang those songs for me.

I know I've stolen pieces of his songs
but it seems to me that that's where they belong
They feel such a part of me, they're the part of me that's free
The Man in Black he sang those songs for me.

On the 'Far Side Banks of Jordan' I will wait
I'll come running when he gets to the gate
But I hope it's a long time before we walk that line
The Man in Black he sang those songs for me.

I hope it's a long time before he 'walks the line'
The Man in Black he sang that song for me.


Copyright Bert Hansell, 1993
Line Breaks
added.
-Joe Offer-


06 Apr 99 - 05:08 PM (#68581)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Bert

Well so much for pre formatting.


06 Apr 99 - 05:10 PM (#68583)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Rick Haverty

Andy Irvine's "Never Tire of the Road" is a tribute to Woody Guthrie. Christy Moore sings about a load of folk singers and musicians in "Lisdoonvarda" including himself!

Rick


06 Apr 99 - 05:15 PM (#68588)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Dr John

Yes, Andy Irvine's song is a great composition. Then, of course, Don McClean's "American Pie" about Buddy Holly.


06 Apr 99 - 05:25 PM (#68593)
Subject: Lyr Add: Man in Black^^
From: Bert

try again


Man In Black

When I was in my teens he sang his songs
'Teenage Queen' and 'Big River' rolling on
'Sing it Pretty Sue' you thought he sang for you
But the Man in Black he sang those songs for me.

His songs have followed me throughout my life
He sang '...tie that binds...' when I first took a wife
When he sang 'Ring of Fire' I could feel the flames roar higher
The Man in Black he sang those songs for me.

I heard he made mistakes from time to time
but his singing helped me through when I made mine
Had to fight my whole life through and he sang 'A Boy Named Sue"
The Man in Black he sang that song for me.

He sang 'Give my love to Rose' and 'Cry, Cry, Cry'
and 'Goodbye Little Darlin' Goodbye'
I felt all the pain I was single once again
The Man in Black he sang those songs for me.

But now I've found a love thats true and fine
and I'm thinking '...while I've got it on my mind...'
and the 'Ring of Fire' again is bursting into flame
The Man in Black he sang those songs for me.

I know I've stolen pieces of his songs
but it seems to me that that's where they belong
They feel such a part of me, they're the part of me that's free
The Man in Black he sang those songs for me.

On the 'Far Side Banks of Jordan' I will wait
I'll come running when he gets to the gate
But I hope it's a long time before we walk that line
The Man in Black he sang those songs for me.

I hope it's a long time before he 'walks the line'
The Man in Black he sang that song for me.


Copyright Bert Hansell, 1993


06 Apr 99 - 06:14 PM (#68613)
Subject: Lyr Add: Broken "Okie"^^
From: The Shambles

Happy Birthday Bert,,,,,,,,,,,, From The Man In Black.



Broken 'Okie'

Live a life of 'Russian Roulette',

Running from that smoking gun.

To find the ones you leave behind you,

Ain't got nowhere to run.

If life is a sad story,

Then his was too hard to bear.

If Woody's 'Bound For Glory',

I hope, we'll all meet him there.

Woodrow Wilson Guthrie,

And his 'Fascist Killing Machine'.

It's 'Hard Travelling', Woody,

Still following the dream

Just a broken 'Okie',

Who's rambling days are done.

Won't be riding no more freight trains,

But, 'Railroad Pete' travels on,

Pete's, a tough little critter,

The kind you'd seek out as a friend.

You can tell he ain't no quitter,

He'll see it through 'til' the end.

Woodrow Wilson Guthrie,

And his 'Fascist Killing Machine'.

It's 'Hard Travelling', Woody,

Still following the dream

Roger Gall 1998


06 Apr 99 - 06:48 PM (#68623)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Susan of DT

try searching for @music. None of the categories are foolproof - they started at various times when there seemed to be a group of songs or a need for the category and going back to get the older entries is spotty at best. Under @music I tried to tag songs about songs, instruments, singing, etc. There are 128 songs so labeled.


06 Apr 99 - 07:00 PM (#68625)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: JVZ

What about "Joe Hill" and "Victor Jara"?

John


06 Apr 99 - 07:23 PM (#68630)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: The Shambles

Tom Paxton again, the one about John Hurt.


06 Apr 99 - 08:03 PM (#68650)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: rich r

Eric Bogle wrote "Safe In The Harbor" as a tribute to Stan Rogers.

Harry Chapin wrote "Old Folkie" in honor of Pete Seeger.

Tom Paxton's "Honor of Your Company" is a tribute to the Weavers and Pete Seeger.

rich r


06 Apr 99 - 10:06 PM (#68667)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From:

And the medium has become the message.


07 Apr 99 - 12:41 AM (#68690)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Banjer

Isn't HOMEWARD BOUND done by Simon and Garfunkle a song about a traveling musician? I seem to recal some of the verse dealt with one night stands, suitcase and guitar in hand. Was it about a particular person or just traveling entertainers in general?


07 Apr 99 - 01:37 AM (#68707)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Gene

A few from the OLD-TIME country side...

The Life of Hank Williams
The Death of Hank Williams
Hank Williams Will Live Forever In People's Hearts
Hank Williams You Wrote My Life
There's A Little Bit Of Hank In Me
Sing Me A Sad Song Hank Williams
Hank It Will Never Be The Same Without You
HANK
Hank's Song
When He [Hank] Sang
Hank Williams Sings The Blues No More
The Way It Was In '51 [Hank and Lefty]
Goodbye Lefty
Lefty's Gone
Sing Her Home To Me George Jones
When Jimmie Rodgers Said Goodbye
Jones On The Jukebox And Him/Her On My Mind
A Girl Named Johnny Cash
Eddy's Song
What Makes Bob [Wills] Holler

To name a few....


07 Apr 99 - 01:52 AM (#68713)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: mountain tyme

O K Gene....I wood'a sed the same had I the think'n cap wot you has. Damn fine list'a keepers. Nuff sed!


07 Apr 99 - 02:12 AM (#68723)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: LEJ

Gene...have you heard "Anybody Here Seen Hank?" by the Waterboys? Not certain if it's about Hank Williams, but the lyrics sure fit.

" I dont care what he did with his women

and I don't care what he did when he drank

Just let me hear one note

from his lonesome old throat

Has anybody here seen Hank?"

Another favorite of mine, by John Fogarty, is "Big Train from Memphis". Not sentimental, but a great tribute to Elvis...LEJ


07 Apr 99 - 07:49 AM (#68792)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: JVZ


07 Apr 99 - 07:51 AM (#68793)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: JVZ

Oops!

Add to your list:

The Train That Carried Jimmie Rodgers Home Bob Wills Is Still the King

John


07 Apr 99 - 09:25 AM (#68808)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Bert

There was a record by Jimmie Rodger's Widow, singing "And the Evening Shadows Fall".

Bert.


07 Apr 99 - 12:12 PM (#68834)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Steve Latimer

Dylan's "Song to Woody"

Carlos del Junco is a Toronto Harp player who has won the Hohner World Championship in both the Blues and Jazz Categories. His latest Indy CD, "Big Boy" features a song with an interesting twist on the Faustian Robert Johnson legend. "Heaven's Where You'll Dwell" has RJ showing up at the crossroads at the end of his life to fulfill his obligation to the devil, the Lord shows up and stikes the devil away and claims Robert as his own because of the work he did on earth. If you are interested in the CD try:

www.the-wire.com/usr/art/harmonica.html

Steve


07 Apr 99 - 04:21 PM (#68882)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Gene

To: LEJ....No, I havent....
my Email box is open to receive
Waves/MP3s/RealAudio/Lyrics
of any tribute song - about ANY singer...
I'm in the book!
The MUDCAT EMAIL address book, that is...


07 Apr 99 - 09:53 PM (#68959)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From:

Don't blame it on Elvis for shaking his pelvis/Shaking the pelvis been in style ever since the river Nile.

The Fabulous McClevertys, CALYPSO, "Don't Blame it on Elvis" ca. late 50s/early 60s. Topical for the times, and one of my all-time faves.--John


07 Apr 99 - 09:55 PM (#68961)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From:

Don't blame it on Elvis for shaking his pelvis/Shaking the pelvis been in style ever since the river Nile.

The Fabulous McClevertys, CALYPSO, "Don't Blame it on Elvis" ca. late 50s/early 60s. Topical for the times, and one of my all-time faves.--John


08 Apr 99 - 07:03 AM (#69065)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Wolfgang

Les Barker has written a lot of parodies on (folk) singers or groups:
Watersons (tune: Waterloo)
Eliza (for Eliza Carthy to the tune of Delilah)
January June (for June Tabor, tune: January Man)
Older than Swarbrick
there's one about Martin Carthy (forgot the title)

Don't forget Orpheus (Orfeo?), a famous old (folk) singer with more than one whole opera devoted to him. Or a musical devoted to ABBA (ah, Wolfgang, that's very far from folk).

Wolfgang


08 Apr 99 - 12:08 PM (#69155)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Arkie

Hank Williams, Jr. wrote and recorded Family Tradition and there is 16th Avenue about songwriters though none are mentioned by name. There are also several songs about Jimmie Driftwood. I have not seen any yet that I would call memorable.


13 Apr 99 - 04:58 AM (#70504)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: skw@worldmusic.de

There are two separate songs titled 'Banjo Man' about Derroll Adams (American, but revered over here), written by Alex Campbell and Allan Taylor respectively, two about Alex himself, 'No More Stravaigin'', written by Gibb Todd, and 'Gently Does It' by Rab Noakes - a very moving song. Harvey Andrews has written a 'Song for Phil Ochs' and one about American country singers in general, called 'First You Lose the Rhyming'. Then there's Eric Bogle's inspired piece about Bob Dylan and all his imitators, 'Can You Sing Some Bob Dylan?', aka 'The Traditional Folksinger's Lament for the Passing of the Three-Chord Traditional Folksong', and one about Hamish Imlach called 'Scotland's Lost Its Sense of Humour' (actually, this is a reworking done by Iain MacKintosh of a song by Peter Nardini about another Scottish comedian). Iain has also written a witty musical autobiography in five verses which is virtually a compendium of Scottish folksingers. Sadly, he's never recorded it. And I don't know a single song about a woman ... Help, anybody out there? - Susanne


13 Apr 99 - 11:48 AM (#70574)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Gene

Well, how about the tribute song to Mother Maybelle? and Ferlin Husky pays tribute to Kitty Wells
in 'Good Ol' Country Music's Here To Stay'
Think I have another one or two...


13 Apr 99 - 01:56 PM (#70600)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Dr John

I started this thread and mention a song about a woman, composed by a woman, sung by a woman. "But If I ask Them" by Sis Cunningham and about Aunt Molly Jackson. One of the best and also regrettably one of the most difficult to come by. But wonderful. DrJohn


13 Apr 99 - 03:04 PM (#70619)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From:

Come and listen to my story, if you do I'm gonna tell

About a group of fellers from down in Nashville.

We'll start with Red Foley doin' the "Chattanooga Choo",

Let's not forget hank Williams and them good ol' "Lovesick Blues".

Well, it's time for Roy Acuff goin' to Memphis on his train,

Minnie Pearl and Rod Braxville and Bradley Kincaid,

"Signed, Sealed and Delivered" with Sam and Kirk McGhee,

And the master of ceremonies is Mr. George D. Hay.

There'll be guitars and fiddles and banjo-pickin' too,

Bill Monroe singin' out those old "Kentucky Blues",

Earnest Tubb's number, "Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right",

At the Grand Ol' Opry every Saturday night.

-- Jimmy Martin


13 Apr 99 - 03:49 PM (#70630)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Gene

That's a good tune from the DIRT BAND's
Will The Circle Be Unbroken? LP...

There's several songs like that...
Hillbilly Heaven
Country Music Time
There's a Grand Ole Opry Show Playing Somewhere


13 Apr 99 - 03:59 PM (#70633)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Steve Latimer

How about Life Is A Rock, But the Radio Rolled Me? Or Rock and Roll Heaven? Two pretty sappy songs from the Seventies about deceased Rock and Rollers.


15 Apr 99 - 10:06 PM (#71197)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Barbara Shaw

Here's one that Lacy J. Dalton did several years ago about the "boys who make the noise on" 16th Avenue.


15 Apr 99 - 10:16 PM (#71201)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Susan A-R

There's a wonderful one about Leadbelly in the Pete Seeger Book "Where have all the Flowers gone" Als, the Clancys did one about Brendon Bean "Alass for Bold Brendon is Dead"

Also, didn't someone do a parody entitled "I am changing my Name to Paxton"


15 Apr 99 - 10:57 PM (#71215)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Arkie

Charlie Sandage, a songwriter living in Mountain View, Ark. has written a tribute to three traditional women singers who were instrumental in keeping the ballad tradition alive in this state. The three are Almeda Riddle, a descendant of Jessie James, who learned from her singing school teacher father and others in her community and appeared at Newport and other big Festivals in the 60's and beyond; Emma Dusenberry, a blind singer living near Mena, Ark who was recorded for the Library of Congress; and Ollie Gilbert, a local lady who knew hundreds of songs and stories and kept her list on a roll of adding machine paper, which she would toss out on the floor when someone requested a song. All sang unaccompaned although Aunt Ollie, as she was known in Mountain View, would sometimes play the banjo.

I was to introduce Almeda at the Ozark Folk Center one evening when she opened her purse and showed me a bottle in one of the inside pockets. These were her nitro glycerine tablets. Her instructions were that if she was to pass out on stage, I was to place a tablet under her tongue. She had at least one person in her audience that night who did not miss a word. On another occasion, after she finished singing Gypsy Davy, she mentioned that people sometimes complained because her songs were so long. She went on to say that she should not be considered at fault, because she had not written the songs.

If there is any interest, I'll check with Charlie to see if I can post the words.


17 Apr 99 - 05:32 PM (#71618)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: karen k

Larry Kaplan wrote, SONG FOR GALE, for Gale Huntington from Martha's Vineyard.

k


17 Apr 99 - 06:34 PM (#71630)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Joe Offer

Arkie, I'm not sure I understood what song you were thinking of posting. I was wondering if a couple of songs in the database might apply, GYPSY DAVEY or AUNT SUE. "Aunt Sue" is one powerful set of lyrics. Anybody know of a recording, or can anybody post the tune in an appropriately-titled thread (click)?
-Joe Offer-
...how 'bout:
I write the songs that make the young girls sigh,
I write the songs, I write the songs.
...on second thought, forget it....


18 Apr 99 - 12:45 AM (#71687)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Arkie

I did not mention the title to the song and did intend to do so. Most folks would not know it anyway. It has not had a wide circulation. The song is They Sing On. I heard it during a concert tonight and Ollie Gilbert's grandson was in the audience. Although I like about every variant I have ever heard of Gyspy Davy, that was not what I had in mind.


17 May 01 - 10:39 PM (#465199)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: toadfrog

Do not forgetThe Ballad of Pete Seeger, available on line in the "Socialist Songbook" (formerly "Boss's Songbook": klik here

This song has a wonderful old Schachtmanite (irreverent) flavor. Anyone remember the Shachtmanites? Anyone know if any still exist?


18 May 01 - 12:29 AM (#465234)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Bert

And there's Dora Bryan's "All I want for Christmas is a Beatle"


18 May 01 - 12:43 AM (#465242)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Clinton Hammond

More songs about Stan Rogers, to take the awful taste of "Safe In The Harbour" away...

John Gorka's, "That's how legends are made"

But the absolute best song about Stan is Garnet's "Night Drive"...

;-)


18 May 01 - 09:29 AM (#465431)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: GUEST,jaze

Emmylou Harris' "Boulder To Birmingham" about Gram Parsons


18 May 01 - 10:32 AM (#465505)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: GUEST,Gene

Orval[?] Prophet's tribute to Hank Snow
The Traveling Snowman

Frank Walker's self penned tribute to Hank Williams
The Last Letter; referring to [New Year's Day, 1953]


18 May 01 - 11:09 AM (#465551)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: GUEST,jaze

"In The Quiet Morning"--written by Mimi Farina for Janis Joplin (recorded by Joan Baez)


18 May 01 - 11:49 AM (#465591)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: wysiwyg

Greetings, jaze, good to see you.

~S~


18 May 01 - 12:21 PM (#465622)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: GUEST,BobP

Here's a couple for the assemblage.

J Baez . . . . Diamonds & Rust (Dylan) H Chapin . . . The Parade's Still Passing By (Ochs)


18 May 01 - 12:23 PM (#465625)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: GUEST,JohnB

Try this one for a song about most/all/some of us. http://www.mudcat.org/!!-song99.cfm?stuff=fall99+D+4530595 Pitiful attempt at a blue clicky, it's not even blue. JohnB


06 Sep 04 - 02:35 PM (#1265437)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: GUEST,Bernie Murphy

RED JOHNSON Sings The There's a grand ole opry show playing somewhere
Barbara Mandrell Sings I wish that I could fall in love today
       Thank You


06 Sep 04 - 11:09 PM (#1265736)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Rabbi-Sol

To Joe Offer:
                A very beautiful recording of Pete Sutherland's AUNT SUE is available on Carla Sciacky's CD album "Awakening". It is track #12 on that album, which I am proud to own. SOL ZELLER


03 Oct 04 - 02:48 PM (#1287546)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Susanne (skw)

Eric Bogle's 'Plastic Paddy' is about the average Irish pub singer in the average Irish pub the world over, and ends with the priceless lines:
"And just one thought comes through my mind as I stagger out the door
Where are you when we need you Christy Moore?"


03 Oct 04 - 07:29 PM (#1287719)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: 14fret

'Living Legend' about Bob Gibson by Shel Silverstein.
'Walking in Memphis' about Elvis by Marc Cohn.
'Alive and Well' about Elvis by Jack Hudson.
'Of Missing Persons' about Lowell George by Jackson Browne.


03 Oct 04 - 08:23 PM (#1287756)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Margret RoadKnight

"Phil" about Phil Ochs, by Tom Paxton
"Ma Rainey" about the Mpther of the Blues, by Memphis Minnie
"Ain't Never Heard You Sing the Blues" about B.B. King, by Steve Goodman
"Leonard Cohen's Never Gonna Bring My Groceries In" by Nancy White


03 Oct 04 - 09:52 PM (#1287856)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: GUEST,cookieless celtaddict

Eric Bogle also wrote "Katie in the Dreamtime Land" for Kate Wolf. ("and I sang Cornflower Blue, and thought of you..."
Joe Dady wrote "Man with the Banjo" for Pete Seeger.
Larry Kaplan wrote "Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts" for Stephen Foster.
My husband and I just had this conversation in the car driving home from Mt. Washington tonight.


04 Oct 04 - 04:26 AM (#1288037)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: GUEST

Your own El Greko has written a song "I Wish I could Have Met You"
which is a tribute to Stan Rogers


04 Oct 04 - 05:55 AM (#1288082)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: fat B****rd

John Mayall "J.B. Lenoir" and ABC's "When Smokey Sings"


04 Oct 04 - 07:48 AM (#1288148)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Pete Jennings

Bert Jansch wrote Needle of Death for Buck Polly, a UK folkie back in the sixties.

Pete


04 Oct 04 - 12:51 PM (#1288364)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: John MacKenzie

Crazy Amsterdam {for Colin Scott} by Allan Taylor.

Scotty you're a terrible man
How you do it I don't understand
A sort of rambling gambling Desperate Dan

The older UK folkies will remember Colin, he would sing anything in order to get the audience singing, and it worked every time.
Colin Scott THE cure for apathy, lovely man.
Giok


04 Oct 04 - 01:58 PM (#1288434)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: GUEST,milk monitor

Sweet Gene Vincent   by Ian Dury.

Elvis Has Just Left the Building    by   Zappa.


05 Oct 04 - 05:06 AM (#1288949)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: muppitz

Beth Neilsen-Chapman wrote a lovely song called "Sand and Water", in memory of her husband.
John Wright has covered it, and done a pretty good job, but the original is still the best.

Muppitz x


16 Mar 07 - 03:45 AM (#1998219)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: GUEST

Let's Think about Livin' - Bob Luman


16 Mar 07 - 03:49 AM (#1998222)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: eddie1

On the "Class of 55" album Johnny Cash , Jerry Lee Lewis , Roy Orbison and Carl Perkins did "I remember The King" about Elvis.

Archie Fisher wrote and recorded "Gunsmoke and Whisky" about Edinburgh singer/guitarist Len Partridge.

Iain Mackintosh recorded (and I think wrote) "The Songs That Harry Sang" about Harry Chapin.

Eddie


16 Mar 07 - 05:45 AM (#1998280)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Scrump

Harvey Andrews has a song "Too Daniel O'Donnell"


16 Mar 07 - 06:23 AM (#1998303)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: GUEST,Sheridan

"Bessie Smith" by The Band

"Ramblin' Jack Elliott" by John Herald


16 Mar 07 - 06:23 AM (#1998304)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Scrump

A few more songs about Buddy Holly:

Tribute to Buddy Holly by Mike Berry
I Feel Like Buddy Holly by Alvin Stardust

Three Stars by Eddie Cochran was about Buddy, Big Bopper and Richie Valens.

Then there was Just Like Eddie by Heinz (about Eddie Cochran).

And then there was "A Million Housewives Every Day, Pick Up A Can Of Beans And Say, Beanz Meanz Heinz" :-)


16 Mar 07 - 06:52 AM (#1998331)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Sugwash

Tom Lewis's song 'Cyril Said It All Before' about Cyril Tawney.


16 Mar 07 - 06:54 AM (#1998334)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Scrump

And don't forget "Nice One Cyril" - oops, that wasn't about Cyril Tawney, I'll get me coat :-)


16 Mar 07 - 07:11 AM (#1998348)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: GUEST,Bainbo at work

The Night Hank Williams Came To Town, by Johnny Cash

When Maddy Dances, by Ralph McTell (about Maddy Prior)


16 Mar 07 - 07:11 AM (#1998350)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: mrmoe

how about Neil Sedaka's "Stephen".....a beautiful tribute to Stephen Foster....


16 Mar 07 - 07:17 AM (#1998356)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Scrump

When guesting on a Dubliners album, Christy Moore did that tribute song to Luke Kelly.

The original poster asked for Dylan to be excluded, for some reason.

But he has been mentioned above, so: there was also "Bob Dylan's Dream" sung by Dylan himself, and covered by Peter, Paul & Mary. That didn't mention Dylan by name in the song though.


16 Mar 07 - 09:01 AM (#1998468)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: GUEST

"songs that Harry wrote" (Chapin) was written by Harvey Andrews, who also wrote "Please don't get on the plane" (Holly)


16 Mar 07 - 09:06 AM (#1998472)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Scrump

"Tribute to a King" by William Bell was about Otis Redding, written after he died in a plane crash.


16 Mar 07 - 09:23 AM (#1998495)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE DEATH OF JIMMY MARTIN (Tom Russell)
From: Midchuck

"The Death of Jimmy Martin," by Tom Russell:

(Melody is more or less "Rocky Top.")

There's a hound dog runnin' all alone through the piney woods,
The howling scares the soul out of me.
There's a Jay bird singing up a funeral dirge,
In ragtime harmony.
Barb'ry Allen rolled over in her grave all morning,
There were roses growing out of her head.
Well, God's gonna burn down Nashville tonight.
Jimmy Martin's dead.
The great Jimmy Martin's gone dead.

You got twenty-twenty vision but you're walkin' 'round blind,
You Grand Ole Opry fools.
With your hypocritic judgments and your self-righteous snobbery
And your God damn false-hearted rules.

You scorned Hank Williams and you shunned Jimmy Martin,
Boys who sang with tongues on fire.
Well, God's gonna burn down your Grand Ole Opry,
Hear the screaming of the hypocrites and liars.
They feel safer now that Jimmy has expired....

Run, Pete run, your master's callin' you.
He's waitin on up ahead.
But don't look back, 'cause Nashville's burning down
Jimmy Martin's dead.
The great Jimmy Martin's gone dead.


16 Mar 07 - 10:04 AM (#1998551)
Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Grab

"Tower of Song" by Leonard Cohen name-checks Hank Williams.

"Calling Elvis" - Dire Straits.

Ry Cooder was on Mike Harding last night with a song called "Three chords and the truth" about Joe Hill, Paul Robeson and Pete Seeger.

Graham.